One of Clearwater’s greatest assets are our enthusiastic volunteers. The Clearwater volunteer program pulls together groups of 4-6 individuals weekly, who contribute a unique perspective and energy to our education program and onboard community.

Clearwater accepts volunteers mid-April through the end of October to live and work onboard for a week. In addition to helping the crew facilitate our onboard programs, we depend on our volunteers to help with chores and maintenance.

What Makes A Great Clearwater Volunteer?

Clearwater looks for volunteers with a passion for teaching and ability to lead small group activities. You don’t need previous sailing experience, but a background in teaching, environmental issues, music or earth sciences are a plus.

You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer, be in reasonably good physical health, and be able to commit to a full week on board the boat. 

Volunteering aboard the sloop may not be for everyone; living conditions are rustic, privacy is limited and our work days are long.

If you are interested in spending an unforgettable week sailing and teaching aboard Clearwater, fill out an application and one of our educators will call you for a short interview:

Volunteer Application (online form) 200 word limit on answers

If you are under 18 and interested in sailing, please explore our Onboard Youth Volunteer (apply online, must be at least 16) and Youth Empowerment Programs

Is There A Cost Associated With This Program?

A $125 volunteer fee offsets the cost of food, a volunteer t-shirt, instruction, and helps support our Youth Empowerment Programs. We provide volunteers with a full day of training from our professional crew to prepare everyone for a week packed with sailing, fishing, teaching, and learning.

*Note: In an effort to ensure the safety of everyone onboard the boat, Clearwater will run sex offender background checks on all potential volunteers prior to their acceptance.